11 men lost in 1915
Private Louis Anderson, Clerk for Wine Merchant, of 2nd Battalion Royal Scots, was killed in action on 28th April 1915, age 30, in Belgium. He was born on 31.12.1884 in Bellstane, Queensferry. His Parents were Robert Anderson, Master Grocer & Catherine Anderson, ms Marshall. He had 4 Brothers and 2 Sisters. His Father died in 1898 from Cirosis of Kidneys, Liver and Aneamia. In 1901 his Mother is a Licensed Grocer.
Louis first enlisted in 1906 and served in India from 1907 until 1913, when he was transferred to Army Reserve. He applied for permission to emigrate to Australia, where his brother Peter was living but this was refused and he was mobilized in New South Wales in 1914, then posted to France.
Louis is buried in Grave Ref: E. 19 – Kemmel Chateaux Military Cemetery, Belgium. He is also remembered on Queensferry Primary School and Parish Church Memorials. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, and Victory and British War Medals.
Private Harold Crawford of 11th Battalion (Depot) Royal Scots, died of wounds on 23rd October 1915, aged 19, at Home, in Colchester. Born in Devonport in April 1895, his Parents were Charles, a Master of a Dredger and Esther Crawford, ms Pierce. He grew up in Devonport with his 3 Brothers and 4 Sisters. Aged 16, he was an Errand Boy for a Contracting Company. Harold enlisted in Edinburgh, and his Parents lived in Lilybank House, Queensferry.
Harold is buried in Colchester Cemetery, Essex, Grave Ref: P.8.5, and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, and the Victory and British War Medals.
Private William Fisher Kerr, a Cooper, of 5th Battalion Royal Scots, died of wounds received, in Gallipoli on 24th September 1915 aged 22. He was born on 27.12.1892 in Leith. His Parents were Robert Kerr, a Warehouseman, and Jane Kerr ms Cooper. He had 2 Brothers and 3 Sisters. In 1911 census aged 18 he is living in Viewforth House, Queensferry, with Parents and 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters. Brother Robert died in 1918 in France, (see Memorials 1918). William is Commemorated on Panel 26-30, Helles Memorial- Gallipoli, and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Private William Marshall, a Coal Miner, of 12th Battalion Royal Scots was killed in action on 23rd November 1915 aged 24, in France. He was born on 22.10.1891 in Harbour Lane, Queensferry. His Parents were William, a Shale Miner and Agnes Marshall- ms Knox. He had 4 Brothers and 2 Sisters. His Father was unfortunate in his marriages.
William's Mother died in 1891, 6 days after giving birth to him. This was his Fathers second Marriage. He married his first wife, Euphemia Reid in February 1880 and she died in March 1880, 6 days after giving birth to a daughter, Euphemia, who died 4 months later of Jaundice. In 1895 His Father married Elizabeth Ridley. She died in 1917 of Epithelioma, an abnormal growth of upper face and cheek. In 1901 William and Sister Catherine were living with their Uncle John Marshall in Nicol's Close, Queensferry. In 1910 William, a Coal Miner now living in Hill of Beath, married Marion Fyfe who was a Pithead Worker.
William is buried in Grave Ref: Sp. Mem. H. 21 - Maple Cross Cemetery, Leper, Belgium. He is also remembered on the Queensferry Primary School Roll. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, Victory and the British War Medals.
Private Alexander Fraser Peddie, a House Painter, of 1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers, was killed in action on 4th June 1915 in Dardenelles (Gallipoli) aged 42. Born in Edinburgh on 24.1.1873, he grew up in Edinburgh with his Brother Andrew and Sister Jessie. His Parents were Andrew McKay Peddie, a House Painter and Margaret Peddie ms Fraser. His Mother died in 1877 of Acute Laryngitis with complications. Alexander married Elizabeth Metcalf ms McPherson, a widow, in 1903, both were living in Viewforth House, Queensferry. Elizabeth already had 3 children and they had 3 children together. In 1911 he was a house Painter at Dalmeny Estate.
His name is commemorated on Panel ref: 84-92, or 220-222, Helles Memorial, Turkey. Alexander was awarded the 1914/15 Star, The Victory and British War Medals.
Private William MacDonald Ronaldson of 2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action on 23rd April 1915, aged 24, in France. He was born on 1.10.1890 in Edinburgh. His Parents were John Ronaldson, a Railway Plate Layer and Jessie Ronaldson, ms McDonald. He had 4 Brothers and 2 Sisters. His Father died in 1900, aged 42, from Cerebral Incompetence, usual address, Dalmeny. In 1901, aged 10, William is living in Little Brick Row, Dalmeny with his Mother who is a Shopkeeper and his Siblings. Williams younger Brother Peter, was a Chainrunner in Dalmeny Oil Works, and sadly he died in hospital, on 1911, aged 18, from crush injuries (Ruptured Kidney) sustained in an accident in Rosshill Shale Mine, Dalmeny.
William is buried in Grave REF: I.H.12. - Larch Wood, (Railway Cutting) Cemetery, Leper, Begium. He is also remembered on the Dalmeny and Queensferry Parish Church Memorials. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Private James Seller of 1st Scots Guards was killed in action on 1st January 1915, aged 34, in France. Born on 28.9.1880 in Smithsland, Queensferry. He grew up in Queensferry with his Sister Christina. His Parents were Alexander, A Foreman at Oil Works and later a Carter, and Agnes ms Scott. He is listed in the 1901 census as living in London as a Soldier. He married Kathleen Burke in London in 1897, and was a Surfaceman with R B Railway. They had 1 son. Kathleen remarried in 1925, to William Cox. James is commemorated on Panel Ref: 3&4 -Le Touret Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. He is also remembered on the Queensferry Primary School and Parish Church Memorials. James was awarded the 1914 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Private James Shade, a Retortman in Dalmeny Oil Works, of 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, was killed in action on 16th May 1915, in France aged 29. He was born on 21.11.1885 in Liberton, Midlothian. His Parents were Henry Shade, a Colliery Fireman and Jane Shade ms Inglis. His Mother died in 1898 of a Strangulated Umbilical Hernia and Heart Failure. They were living in Stone Row, Dalmeny at the time. In 1900 his Father remarried, Henrietta Henderson of Edinburgh. In 1901 and 1911 James is living in Railway Row, then The Rows, Dalmeny with his Father and Stepmother.
James is commemorated on Panel Ref: Panel 3&4 - Le Touret Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France, and was awarded the 1914/15 Medal, the Victory and the British War Medals.
Troop Transport Ship Royal Edward
(Queensferry lost 2 men when the Troop Ship Royal Edward was sunk).
HMT Royal Edward was sunk during the First World War with a large loss of life while transporting Commonwealth troops. On 28 July 1915, Royal Edward embarked 1,367 officers and men at Avonmouth. The majority were reinforcements for the British 29th Infantry Division, but also included were members of the Royal Army Medical Corps. All of the men were destined for Gallipoli. Royal Edward arrived at Alexandria on 10 August, then departed Alexandria for the harbour of Moudros on the island of Lemnos, a staging point for the ships in the Dardanelles.
On the morning of 13 August, the German submarine UB-14 launched one of UB-14's two torpedoes from about a mile away and hit Royal Edward in the stern. The ship sank within six minutes.
Royal Edward's crew was able to get off an SOS before losing power. Soudan, arrived on the scene at 10:00 and was able to rescue 440 men over the next six hours. Two French destroyers and some trawlers that responded were able to rescue another 221. (Adapted from Wikipedia)
Private George Souter Kerr, a Shale Miner, of 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers, drowned in the Aegean Sea, with the sinking of the Troop Transport Ship, Royal Edward, on 13th August 1915, aged 25, on the way to Dardenelles (Gallipoli).
Born in Leith on 7.11.1889, he was living in Queensferry by 1901, aged 11, with his Parents-Thomas, a Rigger on the Forth Bridge and Jemima Kerr ms White. George had 1 Brother and 3 Sisters. In 1909, George aged 19, of Clark Place, Queensferry, married Margaret Glass Marshall of Edinburgh. She remarried after his death, a Mr Bannister and was living in Leeds. George is commemorated on Panel 84-92 or220-222, - Helles Memorial, Gallipoli - In Memorial Book – Gallipoli, Part 12 - Soldiers Lost At Sea. He is also remembered on the Queensferry Primary school Memorial. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory and British War Medals.
Lance Corporal Charles Stevenson, Organist at Cramond Kirk, of 3rd/1st Lowland Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, drowned in the Aegean Sea, with the sinking of the Troop Transport Ship, Royal Edward, on 13th August 1915, aged 42, on the way to Dardenelles (Gallipoli). Born in Milngavie on 14.5.1873, he was living in Springwell Terrace, Queensferry by the 1891 census, aged 17. Then East Terrace and back to Springwell Terrace by 1911. His Parents were Charles Stevenson, Papermaker at the time of his birth and Jeannie Stevenson, ms Gibb. He had 3 Brothers and 2 Sisters. His Father was Provost of South Queensferry from July 1902 until November 1906. He was also Proprieter of Prince of Wales Hotel (now the Ferry Tap), Queensferry. He is commemorated in Panel 199&200 or 236-239 &328. Helles Memorial, Turkey, and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, The Victory and British War Medals.
Dalmeny Memorial – 7 Men 1915
Private Robert Phorson Brown (Polson on War records, Phorson on Birth Certificate) of 14th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, died on 19.5.1915, aged 20, in Ypres, Belgium. He was born on 9.4.1895 in Dalry, Edinburgh. His Parents were George, a Wood Sawyer and Margaret Brown ms Hewitt. He had 4 Brothers and 5 Sisters. In 1901, aged 5 he is living in Parkhead, Glasgow with his Parents and Siblings. In 1911 aged 15, and a Labourer in a Distillery, he is in Southfield Street, Gorgie, Edinburgh with his Parents and Siblings.
He is Commemorated on Panel Ref: 11.L.35. Perth Cemetery, (China Wall) West Vlaanderen, Belgium and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
No Dalmeny connection found as yet, but we believe this to be the correct man.
Corporal John Kennie of 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, died on 25.9.1915 aged 24 in France. He was born on 1.7.1891 in Loanhead, Lasswade.His Parents were Michael, a Labourer and Rosanna Kennie ms Curran, who was born in Ireland. He had 2 Brothers and 1 Sister. In 1901, aged 10, John was living in Kirkliston with his Parents and siblings. His father died of Prostate Cancer in 1936 in East Terrace, South Queensferry. His Mother died in East Terrace, Queensferry in1954.
He is remembered on Panel Ref: 112 -115, Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Private John Evander Mackay of the 5th Battalion Royal Scots, died on 26.9.1915, aged 18, in Gallipoli. He was born on 5.1.1897 in Edinburgh. His Parents were Alexander, a Police Officer and Jessie Mackay ms McLeod who was born in Orkney. He had 4 Brothers, Roderick, Angus, Alexander and William, and 2 Sisters.
In 1901, the family was living in Newington and in 1911 they were living in Leith. Father a Detective Inspector.
In the 1920 Valuation Roll, there is an Angus Mackay in Dalmeny working for the Dalmeny Oil Company as a Shale Miner, also an Alexander Mackay, a Police Constable, in West Suburbs, Queensferry/Dalmeny and William Mackay, Newhalls Road, Queensferry/Dalmeny. It is possible these were John’s brothers.
John is remembered on Panel ref: 26-30, Helles Memorial, Turkey , and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Corporal John McKinley of 8th Battalion Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) was killed in action on 27.9.1915, one month before 19th birthday, in France. He was born on 23.8.1896 in Willowbrae Road, Edinburgh. There is a little confusion about John. His birth Certificate states his name as 'William', however there is a note at the side saying there is 'an amendment to the child's name'. Heading of certificate states 'Birth- John Stevenson Mckinlay', therefore we are confident this is correct. (He has a younger Brother, William). Also the 1911 Census says he was born in Dalkeith. It also says Sister Agnes was born in Edinburgh but her Birth certificate says Queensferry, as was Sister Jane. In Ancestry, his War information says he was born in Dalkeith, however looking at other information, we are still confident we have the correct person. (We cannot find a Dalmey link for any other John McKinlay).
John's Parents were Andrew Stevenson McKinlay, a Confectioner and Margaret McKinlay, ms Bradford. John had 2 Brothers, William and Andrew and 2 sisters Agnes and Jane, both born on the Loan, Queensferry. His Brother Andrew, born 1902, died in 1906, aged 4, with Tubercular Disease of the Brain.
In 1901, aged 4, John was living in Burdiehouse, Liberton, with Parents, Father a Plumbers' Van Man and Mother, a Confectioner from Home, also brother William-age 3. In 1911 aged 14, John was an Apprentice Blacksmith in Dalmeny Oil Works, living in The Rows, Dalmeny, with Parents, Father an Engineman in Dalmeny Oil Works, and Siblings William-13, Agnes-6, and Jane-4. In the 1915 Valuation Roll, an Andrew McKinlay is a Tenant in 8 Church Row, Dalmeny.
He is commemorated on Panel 78 – 83, Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Private William Macdonald Ronaldson of 2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders. Information in Queensferry list above as he is on both memorials.
Gunner John Smith of Royal Horse Artillery & 119th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, died on 31.1.1915 in France. He was born on 25.12.1893 in Gilmerton, Liberton. His Parents were John, a Coal Miner and Elizabeth Smith ms Williams. He had 2 Brothers and 4 Sisters. In 1901 they are living in Church Row, Dalmeny, and his Father is a Shale Miner. In 1911 he is 17 and also a Shale Miner, living with his Parents in The Vennel, Queensferry. His Sister Elizabeth, 15 is a Bottler in the Distillery.
He is buried in Grave Ref: A. 4. 3. - St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France, and was awarded the 1914 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Private William Currie Turner of 1st Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, died on 13.10.1915 aged 26, in France. He was born on 12.1.1889 in Home Farm, Salton, Haddington. His Parents were James a Shepherd, and Mary Ann Turner ms Spence. He had 8 Brothers and 2 Sisters. In 1901 they are living on Chapel Farm, Dirleton, East Lothian. William enlisted in November 1914 and was employed as a Shepherd living in Dalmeny Park, Dalmeny Estate.
William is commemorated on Panel Ref: 119-124, Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Corporal William Russell of 9th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, died from wounds, on 29.9.1915 aged 28, in The Battle of Loos, France. He was born on 17.11.1887 in South Leith. His Parents were Peter, a Carter and Elizabeth Russell ms Hill. He had 3 Sisters and 3 Brothers. William married on 24.9.1909 in The Manse, Prestonpans- William Russell, 21, Vanman, of Leith, and Lizzie Hill, 17, Domestic Servant, of Prestonpans.
His Father married 3 times. 1st – 27.4.1877, aged 22, a Labourer, and Margaret Mitchell aged 25, an Outdoor Worker, in Edinburgh. She died on 15.4.1881 in Leith of Consumption. 2nd marriage, aged 27, to Helen Purves – Williams Mother, on 31.12.1883, She died on 22.11.1891, in Leith, of a Coma occurring 1 hour after childbirth.
3rd aged 42, on 5.2.1897, to Isabella smith aged 32, a Housekeeper, in Leith.
In 1901 aged 13, William is living in Leith with his Father, a Wool Carter, Step-Mother Isabella, and Siblings. In 1911, aged 23, he is a Carter and living in Springfield street, Leith, with Father, Step-Mother Isabella, and Siblings. William is marked on Census as married, but Wife is not listed.
William is Commemorated on Panel Ref: 115 -119, Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
(There is no link to Dalmeny found as yet but we are confident we have the correct person)